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Greg Olsen | Tight End | #88

Team: Carolina Panthers
Age / DOB:  (31) / 3/11/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 255
College: Miami (FL)
Drafted: 2007 / Rd. 1 (31) / CHI
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Greg Olsen (back) will not play in the Panthers' third preseason game Friday night.
Olsen missed several days of practice with back spasms, but he returned to the field Monday. The Panthers are just using caution by holding him out Friday night, and there is no indication he is dealing with a long-term injury. Olsen is safe to draft as a top-3 tight end. Aug 26 - 6:52 PM

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Greg Olsen (back) has resumed practicing.

Perhaps Olsen will miss this week's regular season dress rehearsal out of an abundance of caution, but his back won't be a concern for Week 1.
Aug 22 - 2:26 PM

Greg Olsen (back spasms) will not play in the second preseason game on Saturday.

Olsen is dealing with a "big spasm" in his back, but coach Ron Rivera has said there are no long-term concerns. With Ed Dickson also out, Scott Simonson and Beau Sandland should see plenty of work.
Source: ESPN
Aug 20 - 2:53 PM

Greg Olsen is dealing with a minor back issue.

Olsen has a "big spasm," but an MRI came back negative. Olsen has missed three days of practice, and could miss a few more as the Panthers exercise caution with their No. 1 pass catcher. There's no reason to worry about Olsen's Week 1 status.
Aug 18 - 5:10 PM

Greg Olsen plans to keep playing for a "good number of years."

"The reality is I’m not 25 anymore," said the 31-year-old Olsen. "But I’m also going to make it hard for these young guys to take time away from me. I don’t anticipate slowing down anytime soon. I anticipate playing for a good number of years remaining." Operating as the Panthers' de facto No. 1 receiver, Olsen has set new career yardage highs each of the past two years. It's realistic to expect at least 2-3 more strong seasons.
May 19 - 1:40 PM

Greg Olsen caught 4-of-9 targets for 41 yards in the Panthers' Super Bowl loss to the Broncos.

Olsen was shockingly quiet as the Broncos used Aqib Talib to follow Carolina's tight end in obvious passing situations, and "Seventh Floor G-Reg" failed to find separation against Denver's bracket coverage. Olsen was Cam Newton's clear-cut go-to receiver all season, but he is a candidate to be overdrafted in 2016 fantasy leagues. Kelvin Benjamin (ACL) will be back, and Devin Funchess should command more targets. Olsen turns 31 this March.
Feb 7 - 10:47 PM

Greg Olsen caught 6-of-8 targets for 113 yards in the Panthers' NFC title win over the Cardinals.

Held to one catch for 12 yards in the first half, Olsen opened the third quarter with a 29-yard pickup deep down the seam, beating Cardinals S Tony Jefferson. In the fourth frame, Olsen whipped CB Justin Bethel on a slot route to gain 54. Although Olsen did not find pay dirt against Arizona, he led Carolina in catches and tied Corey Brown with a team-high 113 receiving yards. As the Broncos have struggled to contain tight ends, Olsen should remain Cam Newton's go-to target in Super Bowl 50.
Jan 24 - 10:09 PM

Greg Olsen described his shoulder injury as a "burner" and insisted he is "fine."

It's a day-to-day injury that shouldn't keep Olsen out of the NFC title round. Olsen did return after the injury, but was in a ton of pain immediately after it happened. Consider Olsen probable for Week 19.
Jan 17 - 5:40 PM

Greg Olsen caught all six of his targets for 77 yards and one touchdown in the Panthers' Divisional Round win over the Seahawks.

Olsen caught Cam Newton's lone touchdown pass, a 19-yarder in the second quarter to put the Panthers ahead 31-0. It was a heck of a grab in the back of the end zone with the defender draped in coverage. Olsen injured his shoulder in the fourth quarter and looked to be in excruciating pain, but he returned on the next possession. He'll likely be on the injury report this week, but there's no way Olsen misses the NFC Championship game against Arizona.
Jan 17 - 5:02 PM

Greg Olsen exited the Divisional Round against the Seahawks with a shoulder injury but returned on the next possession.

Olsen caught a pass on third down and got popped right at the first-down marker. He moved the chains, but Olsen immediately left the field with his arm dangling at his side. Olsen looked to be in considerable pain on the bench. If we were to guess, it looked like a stinger. Ed Dickson is in at tight end. Before leaving, Olsen caught all five of his targets for 69 yards and a score.
Jan 17 - 3:38 PM

Greg Olsen caught 2-of-2 targets for 16 yards in the Panthers' Week 17 win over the Bucs.

In a game Cam Newton passed for nearly 300 yards and a pair of touchdowns, Olsen's diminished role was curious as the Panthers targeted more and found more success with Devin Funchess. Olsen is nearly 31 years old, of course, and he could probably use some rest. The Panthers sealed home-field advantage throughout the playoffs and a first-round bye with Sunday's win, so Olsen will get that ahead of the Divisional Round.
Jan 3 - 7:56 PM

Greg Olsen corralled four of six targets for 40 yards in the Panthers' Week 16 loss to the Falcons.

A high-floor performer for most of the season, Olsen’s 40 yards Sunday were his fewest since Week 4 against the Buccaneers. Olsen was the intended receiver on Cam Newton’s unsuccessful fourth-down attempt late in the fourth quarter. The Panthers still have to win next week to secure the No. 1 seed, so Olsen and the rest of the starters should play close to a full share of snaps.
Sun, Dec 27, 2015 05:21:00 PM

Greg Olsen caught 6-of-8 targets for 79 yards and a touchdown in the Panthers' Week 15 win over the Giants.

Olsen's Week 14 knee injury was not a factor. Olsen's touchdown came on a Cam Newton naked bootleg. Olsen was left completely wide open. Olsen also made an Odell Beckham-esque one-handed grab. Although the 14-0 Panthers could start taking their foot off the gas in Week 16, Olsen should remain the No. 2 overall tight end against the Falcons.
Sun, Dec 20, 2015 05:43:00 PM

Greg Olsen told ESPN's Britt McHenry that his knee feels "fine," he's a "full go" and he's "playing" Sunday against the Giants.

It became clear Olsen's availability was in zero doubt about midway through the week. He was listed as probable on Friday and should be a high-volume pass catcher in a game where the Panthers will be missing workhorse back Jonathan Stewart, and facing a Giants defense that can't cover on the second level.
Sun, Dec 20, 2015 10:42:00 AM

Greg Olsen (knee) is probable for Week 15 against the Giants.

He's fully expected to play Sunday after getting in a pair of practices Thursday and Friday. The Giants have been horrendous against tight ends.
Fri, Dec 18, 2015 11:39:00 AM